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Dario Franchitti Injured After Massive Crash During Indycar Race

posted 7 Oct 2013, 06:47 by Mpelembe   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 06:47 ]

Scotsman Dario Franchitti is injured during massive crash on final lap of Indycar Grand Prix of Houston.

 HOUSTONTEXASUNITED STATES (OCTOBER 6, 2013)(INDYCAR) -  Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti suffered a concussion, spinal fracture and broken ankle after a horror crash on Sunday (October 6) during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston that also left over a dozen spectators injured.

The Scotsman made contact with Japanese drive Takuma Sato on one of the final turns, sending Franchitti's car airborne into the protective fence before spinning several times while debris was sprayed toward the grandstands.

"That was a big hit, I hope Dario's okay, he looked like he was moving around when I drove past," Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon told reporters after the race.

Franchitti, 40, was awake and alert when he was admitted to a Houston hospital, where he will stay overnight but will not require surgery for the spinal fracture, IndyCar said in a statement.

The crash left 13 spectators with injuries, including two who were sent to hospital, according to multiple reports.